Founders Imperial Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
75 IBU

Added by mjohn27603 on 01-13-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,865
Reviews:
1,901
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
8.53%
 
 
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755
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2,454
For Trade:
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a black body with a finger of beige colored head. The head sticks around for the entire beer and leaves its mark along the sides of my glass.

S- the nose is full of coffee and roasted malts. Some chocolate is detected.

T- very dark and roasted tasting. Lots of coffee and chocolate also. Nice blast of hops at the end.

M- full bodied and rather thick. No trace of the alcohol in this one. Very smooth.

D- a solid RIS that goes down pretty quickly. A few of these in an evening would be a treat. Glad they brought this one back.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 draft pour. Believe the hype about age on this one. The three year old pour was so amazingly delicious!

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4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally in Michigan at the right time to grab this one. Pitch black beer with a small head that doesn't do much in the way of lacing. Really a huge flavor and aroma. When it's chilly, it's strong and straightforward on the roasted malt. As it warms up though, you get all kinds of other flavors - sweet dried fruit and raisins in particular, some cherries. Big chocolate, roasted malt. Monster hoppy presence as well, especially in the back of the mouth. Going to drink another and then put a couple down.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I tried this one on-tap at the Founders Brew-Pub in Grand Rapids, MI. These guys make a lot of very fun and interesting beers, I'm sure I'll be back there again soon.

Appearance : Very dark brown to black. It sort of looked like a really thick cup of coffee. Not much of a head, but the bit of foam that did work its way to the top of the glass was an orange-brown color.

Smell : Coffee and chocolate. I'm not sure what else I'm smelling but there is a lot more going on. Maybe molasses, and a tiny hint of some vegetable scent? I can also smell the alcohol... an awesome 12.00%

Taste : The taste is surprisingly very sweet at first, tasting like chocolate, caramel, and raisins. This is followed by a bitter coffee-like presentation that finishes quite nice.

Mouthfeel : VERY Heavy-Bodied. Might be the thickest beer I've had.

Drinkabiltiy : This beer is exceptionally smooth and easy to drink. Surprising, considering the high alcohol content and the style of this beer. Very easy to drink.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
4.34 out of 5 based on 7,865 ratings.
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